Teach Abroad Program Overview
The Teach in Thailand Program is a risk-free way to transition into a paid teaching position in beautiful Southeast Asia. Participants in this program complete their included TEFL certification before going to Thailand, then take part in a thorough orientation with other participants upon arrival in-country. In addition to your paid teaching position, the program includes accommodations throughout your contract, in-country support from local staff, and other benefits designed to take the hassle out of the process of securing a teaching job abroad.
TEFL Certification + A Guaranteed Job
This is a self-paced online TEFL course.
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2019 Start Dates
Oct 15, 2019 to March 31, 2020
Oct 15, 2019 to September 30, 2020
Deadline to apply is August 31, 2019.
- Paid teaching positions with a minimum monthly salary of 25,000 Thai baht paid by your host school*(Click here for current conversion rate)
- Coordination of work visa and work permit
- Airport pickup by OEG
- All-inclusive, 7-day orientation by OEG in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai
- Thai lessons during orientation
- Housing provided for the duration of your placement
- In-country support by OEG for the duration of the program
- Paid public holidays.
- Emergency travel insurance
- Lifetime, worldwide job placement assistance from Bridge for future positions.
- A native English speaker or someone with near-native English fluency*
- Citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or South Africa**
- A college graduate with a bachelor's degree (in any discipline)
- TEFL certified or able to complete the included online Bridge course prior to the start date
* Typically defined as a score of 8.0 or higher on the IELTS exam
** Due to the Thai Ministry of Education's restrictions
About the Program and Center
Bridge is proud to partner with Overseas Educational Group (OEG) to provide the Teach in Thailand Program. In this partnership, Bridge provides participants' TEFL certification and pre-departure support, while OEG provides in-country support, including airport pickup at arrival, a 7-day in-country orientation, and transportation to the Thai city that will be your new home. Teachers in this program will teach classes of students at private or public K-12 schools. Currently, the highest demand for English teachers is for grades 7-12. Participants can expect to teach about 40 hours per week, though actual classroom hours will be from 18 to 24.
About Teaching English in Thailand
Thailand is a popular destination for English teachers looking to live in one of the most beautiful, culturally rich countries on earth, where the people are so friendly, it's known as the "Land of Smiles." In Thailand, you can experience the frenetic buzz of Bangkok, take in the tranquility of Buddhist temples and museums, swim in the impossibly turquoise waters of breathtaking Phuket Beach or trek the mountains near Chiang Mai.
Thailand's low cost of living also draws teachers to this Southeast Asian destination, where it's possible to live a comfortable lifestyle on your teaching salary, enjoying Thai specialties at local restaurants and markets and traveling to exciting locations within the country on weekends and holidays.
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Questions about Bridge Teach Abroad Programs?
No, teaching experience is not a requirement. We do recommend, however, that participants at least have an interest in teaching children.
Once accepted into the program, you will be enrolled in the 120-hour Bridge Master Certificate online TEFL course. You can work through this course at your own pace, completing the training before you arrive in Thailand.
Yes, though the program fee will be the same.
Yes, teachers in this program make a competitive salary of at least 25,000 Thai baht/month (equivalent to about $700 USD– click here for current conversion rate: www.xe.com) and have housing provided as well. Because the cost of living is low in Thailand, this affords a fairly high standard of living for teachers.
Participants in the 2-semester program will receive a 20,000-baht bonus after completing their contract, too!
Many of the schools are in the central provinces near Bangkok, but there are also placements throughout Thailand. If you have a particular location in mind, ask an advisor to help you choose the orientation location and start date that would be best for you.
Program coordinators will do their best to accommodate geographical requests. Please keep in mind that flexibility is key to having an enjoyable experience. Also, the earlier you apply, the better chance you have of receiving your desired location.
Examples of housing include studio apartments, school dorms, or a shared house (always with a private bedroom). Depending on the facility, sometimes Internet is also available, for an extra fee.
Yes, we are very successful at placing friends and couples together at the same institution in Thailand. Each applicant should be sure to notify us at the time of their interview if they would like to take part with a friend. Tips to improve your chances of getting placed together are to apply early and to be flexible in your placement choice.
Yes, you will need a non-immigrant (Type B) visa for Thailand, which can only be obtained outside of Thailand. Before you arrive in Thailand, OEG will coordinate with your school to provide you with the documents you'll need for this visa application.
Held in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai, depending on the program, orientation includes classes on TEFL theory, Thai language, and local culture. Accommodations, meals, and sightseeing trips are included, as well. This is a chance to get to know program staff and learn about the support network that is available to you during the program. You'll also meet your fellow teachers, who will be your friends and colleagues throughout the program. When orientation is over, you will be transported to your teaching location.
Our partner in Thailand, OEG, can help you solve everyday problems while at school, work your way through cultural issues, or even provide travel advice for your weekend destinations. They are also there in case of emergency.
No, people of any age are welcome to apply! A bachelor's degree is required, however, so most participants are at least in their twenties.
You will be teaching young learners at public or private K-12 schools, though most positions are at the secondary level (grades 7-12). Program coordinators will do their best to place you in a position teaching the age group you prefer, though you may be required to teach all ages.
A typical schedule is around 18–20 classroom hours per week. In addition to actual time spent teaching, participants are expected to devote time to lesson planning, grading, faculty meetings, and extra-curricular activities. You should expect to work about 35–40 hours a week, total.
You definitely can! If you chose a 1-semester contract and would like to extend it, this is usually possible (with the approval of your school director and OEG coordinators). Or, if you complete your contract and would like to move on to a new school, you'll get lifetime, worldwide job placement assistance from Bridge Headquarters in Denver, Colorado to help you find your next job!